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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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USA, California, Monterey

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Drive the coast road, park on the side of the road when you can first see the big rock alone on the ocean, then run hootin and hollerin through the scrubgrass to the ocean. Dont park on the beach road to the rock or youll get a ticket. I think you can get a ticket here just for surfing anyway but I never have. Not a public beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the coast road, park on the side of the road when you can first see the big rock alone on the ocean, then run hootin and hollerin through the scrubgrass to the ocean. Dont park on the beach road to the rock or youll get a ticket. I think you can get a ticket here just for surfing anyway but I never have. Not a public beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the coast road, park on the side of the road when you can first see the big rock alone on the ocean, then run hootin and hollerin through the scrubgrass to the ocean. Dont park on the beach road to the rock or youll get a ticket. I think you can get a ticket here just for surfing anyway but I never have. Not a public beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the coast road, park on the side of the road when you can first see the big rock alone on the ocean, then run hootin and hollerin through the scrubgrass to the ocean. Dont park on the beach road to the rock or youll get a ticket. I think you can get a ticket here just for surfing anyway but I never have. Not a public beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Private beach

 Additional Information

Sometimes paddle is tough, and its random where on the beach it will break best. Put bushes and branches on your car to ensure that you dont get a ticket. Binoculars are a good bet, because its hard to tell how good it is from the road. Bigger than it looks though for sure.

English (Translate this text in English): Sometimes paddle is tough, and its random where on the beach it will break best. Put bushes and branches on your car to ensure that you dont get a ticket. Binoculars are a good bet, because its hard to tell how good it is from the road. Bigger than it looks though for sure.

English (Translate this text in English): Sometimes paddle is tough, and its random where on the beach it will break best. Put bushes and branches on your car to ensure that you dont get a ticket. Binoculars are a good bet, because its hard to tell how good it is from the road. Bigger than it looks though for sure.

English (Translate this text in English): Sometimes paddle is tough, and its random where on the beach it will break best. Put bushes and branches on your car to ensure that you dont get a ticket. Binoculars are a good bet, because its hard to tell how good it is from the road. Bigger than it looks though for sure.

Atmosphere

Ive never surfed here with anyone except the people I came with which is Pat only. Cleanest water I have ever surfed too. You can see the bottom while riding if the day is sunny

English (Translate this text in English): Ive never surfed here with anyone except the people I came with which is Pat only. Cleanest water I have ever surfed too. You can see the bottom while riding if the day is sunny

English (Translate this text in English): Ive never surfed here with anyone except the people I came with which is Pat only. Cleanest water I have ever surfed too. You can see the bottom while riding if the day is sunny

English (Translate this text in English): Ive never surfed here with anyone except the people I came with which is Pat only. Cleanest water I have ever surfed too. You can see the bottom while riding if the day is sunny

General

Good spot. Crowd is not a factor so even little chunky waves are fun here.

English (Translate this text in English): Good spot. Crowd is not a factor so even little chunky waves are fun here.

English (Translate this text in English): Good spot. Crowd is not a factor so even little chunky waves are fun here.

English (Translate this text in English): Good spot. Crowd is not a factor so even little chunky waves are fun here.

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By Anonymous , 08-12-2008

Jim Hill owns this land - Alright guys here it is. First of all- it was an Orca- or at least heard the story from a guy in sf born and raised in big sur. Orcas do come around that point. Ive scored this beach a few times—we nicknamed it cowpies due to all the shit you step on running down the hill. But here is the negative:
Surfed little sur just north. Sick left off the rock- as im sure you all know- wedged up well and just barreled.
Wonder why im writing this? Well the El Sur Ranch is owned by Jim Hill- who is an absolute fucker! He is the guy responsible for banning jet ski’s at ghost tree. He has the big mansion right in front of ghost tree. Anyway- after getting these two places good for a few years- I finally got caught. Got nailed by a guy nicknamed “blackwater” who is a retired sheriff and is now Jim Hill’s bounty hunter. His name is Don something. He has a pimped out truck with a shotgun and crazy radios in it.
All in all- we got called out of the water on loud speaker—and then got tickets for $380 from a real Monterey sheriff who he called. The second fine is short jail time + $5000.
We tried to make the argument that we walked the river and stayed past the high tide line- but too my surprise this property is one of two Spanish land grants- where they actually own 500ft of water. That sucks- and I don’t have cash to higher a lawyer to dispute that- so it is what it is. I talked to a guy that works for him on his ranch- he told me that he is the worst boss- and wont let the guys surf after the job. He told me that they cant even pee on his land. So all in all- Jim Hill is the guy that sucks—and he is protecting two very fun spots for no good reason.

By Anonymous , 22-03-2007

it's not the whales - mid-70s - it wasn't a killer whale, it was a white that chomped a guy. It happened a couple of times there, which since it's hardly ever surfed, is a lot. Plus now the fine is $240 if you're caught.

By Anonymous , 17-03-2007

Saw a whale in the line up - Last summer I stopped to check this spot from the road. After about ten minutes I saw the Black truck escorting a couple groms back to the road. On my way back the same day I could see a whale cruising the line up. Dont know what kind, but big enough to see from the freeway.

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